The Area 2 Asset Support Contract consists of multiple projects across the southwest of England between 2012 and 2017. Skanska is delivering the US$ 600 million Area 2 contract for Highways England, which is a government-owned company with the responsibility of managing the strategic road network in England.
Skanska is delivering the projects in the Area 2 Asset Support Contract to high standards of sustainability whilst making substantial financial cost savings for Highways England. This Sustainability Case Study highlights four recent projects that have been completed as part of the contract - M5 Willand Resurfacing Scheme, the Gloucester Painswick Bridge Deck Replacement, M5 Piffs Elm Bridge and Solstice Park resurfacing. online pharmacy legit
M5 Willand Resurfacing Scheme
The US$ 3.6 million Willand Resurfacing scheme involved the resurfacing of the M5 highway between junctions 27 and 28 near Willand. diflucan taken twice
Prior to the project, the road surface and markings were in poor condition, and the work has enhanced vehicle highway safety along the stretch of highway. 50 mm of the existing surface was planed off and re-laid, road markings and road studs were replaced and vehicle detection loops, which detect vehicles passing or arriving at a certain point, were replaced. The original scope of the project included a full highway reconstruction, which would have cost over US$ 7 million. But Skanska’s smart redesign, which involved relaying the surface course, saved the client around US$ 3.4 million and reduced the environmental impact of the project. The Willand Resurfacing scheme was completed in the second half of 2014.
Gloucester Painswick Bridge Deck Replacement
The US$ 7.5 million Painswick Bridge project involved the deck replacement, resurfacing and waterproofing of the existing bridge situated between junctions 11a and 12 of the M5 highway near Gloucester. Prior to the project, the Painswick Bridge was over 40 years old and had reached the end of its design life, with extensive concrete degradation and parapet failure. Work installed 190 tons of steel bridge beams and 600 m2 of prefabricated formwork, and took 12 months to complete. The project was completed in March 2015, and has ensured bridge integrity and highway safety.
M5 Piffs Elm Bridge
The Piffs Elm Bridge, which supports the B4019 road over the M5 highway at Junction 10, underwent US$ 6 million works to replace its foundations. The original plan was to demolish and entirely rebuild the bridge as the concrete foundations were deteriorating, resulting in a loss of bridge strength and integrity.
But instead, Skanska redesigned the project to install new pile foundations and retain much of the existing bridge, which made significant environmental savings and reduced the project cost by over US$ 10.5 million for the client. The project was completed in October 2015 and has extended the bridge’s useful lifespan into the future.
Solstice Park resurfacing
The Solstice Park US$ 3.6 million project involved resurfacing approximately 8 km of the A303 in both directions between Cholderton and Countess Roundabout between February and March 2015. Prior to the work, the road surface was in poor condition and in need of repair. The resurfaced road will reduce the need for unplanned repairs and disruption, and provide a smoother driving experience for highway users. Geosynthetic Asphalt Reinforcement (GAR) was used in the pavement construction, which allowed the surface course thickness to be reduced to 50 mm. This thinner pavement decreased the amount of materials required as well as the project’s embodied carbon and financial cost. The GAR solution also improves pavement life by reducing future reflective cracking and provides a quieter surface than current standard surfacing. can you use topicals while on accutane